After being teased a few days ago, the first details on the next Makoto Shinkai anime film have been announced ahead of the press conference on the Toho YouTube channel. Suzume no Tojimari is the story of a 17-year-old girl Suzume who lives in Kyushu that discovers a door with the aid of a young man. Upon opening the door, more doors appear across Japan, bringing disasters and bad luck. Suzume must close the doors found in abandoned buildings across Japan before the country falls to catastrophe.
A teaser visual for Suzume no Tojimari has been released, alongside the lead staff, as well as a Japanese theatrical premiere window of Fall 2022. More details are set to been announced at the press conference later tonight in Japan.
Makoto Shinkai, who is best known for writing, producing, and directing the smash-hit anime film Your Name and Weathering With You, returns in those roles for Suzume no Tojimari. Shinkai has also brought back Masayoshi Tanaka from Your Name and Weathering With You as the character designer, with Kenichi Tsuchiya returning from Your Name as the animation director. Long-time Shinkai collaborator Takumi Tanji also returns from Your Name and The Garden of Words in the Art Director's chair. The animation will be produced at CoMix Wave Films, with STORY inc. producing and Toho disturbing the film inside Japan and selling it overseas.
Shinkai tweeted about the announcement, saying that Suzume no Tojimari is a "modern adventure story" with action elements of Suzume traveling across Japan. He said that "It should be a fun movie."
— 新海誠 (@shinkaimakoto) December 15, 2021
Suzume no Tojimari is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters in Fall 2022, with no mention of an international release at this stage.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.